Presbyters Uniwersytet Warszawski
ER 1241
Cyprian, the bishop of Carthage (North Africa), praises the Roman presbyters Moyses and Maximus and other confessors for their behaviour when imprisoned, and asks for their prayers. Cyprian, Letter 37, AD 250.
Epistula 37
Cyprianvs Moysi et Maximo presbyteris et ceteris confessoribvs fratribus s[alutem] .
Cyprian praises Moyses, Maximus and others for their behaviour when imprisoned and asks for their prayers.
(ed. Diercks 1994: 177-182)
Letter 37
Cyprian to Moyses and Maximus, the presbyters and the other confessors, his brethren, greeting.
Cyprian praises Moyses, Maximus and others for their behaviour when imprisoned and asks for their prayers.


The name of the Presbyter Moyses suggests that he was of Jewish or Christian origin.

Place of event:

  • Latin North Africa
  • Rome
  • Carthage
  • Rome

About the source:

Author: Cyprian
Title: Letters, Epistulae, Epistolae
Origin: Rome (Rome)
Denomination: Catholic/Nicene/Chalcedonian
Cyprian was born probably about AD 200. He converted to Christianity in about 245 and in 248 was elected Bishop of Carthage. Soon after, the Decian persecution began (in 249/250) and Cyprian went into hiding. In 251 he returned to the city. Under Valerian, he was exiled in 257 and executed in 258. The epistolary of Cyprian consists of 81 letters (16 of them by his correspondents, and 6 synodal or collective), the majority of them are from the period of 250-251, when they were the means of Cyprian`s communication with his clergy. They offer us a wide view on the organization of the Church in Carthage in the middle of the third century, her relation with the Church of Rome, on the development of the persecutions, and on the conflicts that they caused inside the Church. Different numerations of Cyprian's letters exist, I follow the edition of Diercks in Corpus Christianorum.
G.F. Diercks ed., Sancti Cypriani Episcopi Epistularium. Epistulae 1-57, Corpus Christianorum. Series Latina 3B, Turnhout 1994.


Non-Christian Origin - Jewish
Writing activity - Correspondence
Described by a title - Presbyter/πρεσβύτερος
Relation with - Bishop/Monastic superior
Administration of justice - Imprisonment
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